First Antifascist Museum Opens in Croatia since Independence

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The Museum of Victory and Liberation of Dalmatia was opened in Šibenik.

At the new premises of the Association of Antifascists in Šibenik, the Museum of Victory and Liberation of Dalmatia was opened on Saturday, two days after the celebration of the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of Šibenik, reports Jutarnji List on November 6, 2016.

The museum was officially opened by one of the oldest Šibenik partisans, 89-year-old Vinko Guberina. “I am proud and happy to have experienced this. I fought in the Šibenik area, which was very important for the freedom of Dalmatia”, said Guberina.

The opening of the museum was attended by HNS president Ivan Vrdoljak, former Interior Minister Ranko Ostojić (SDP), and Mayor of Šibenik Željko Burić (HDZ), who said that the town administration had helped the antifascists to open the museum. “The entire project was implemented in cooperation between the town administration and antifascists. We came to an agreement very quickly. This museum represents an addition to our tourism offer. We should connect the fight for the country and for independence with the Homeland War. It is a continuity, and the next phase should be a similar venue where we would remember the Homeland War”, said Burić.

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“This museum will present documents and audiovisual exhibits from the antifascist struggle which have been gathered by experts from all over Dalmatia. Particular emphasis has been placed on the three major battles, in Split, Šibenik and Knin, which is considered to be the key for the liberation of Dalmatia from Nazi and fascist occupiers. This is a multimedia space that will in the future cover all activities related to exhibitions dedicated to the antifascist struggle during the Second World War”, said Zoran Restović, president of the Association of Antifascist Fighters and Antifascists of Šibenik.

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The works on the museum started in July and so far about 700,000 kuna have been invested. The funds has been provided by the Association of Antifascists in Šibenik and by the Town of Šibenik.

“We are proud that this museum has opened its doors. We have invested a lot of effort in this project, and we are especially grateful to many experts, curators and historians from all over Dalmatia. We are also grateful to Ante Filipović Grčić, who designed the visual identity of the museum. From now on, people of Šibenik and visitors will be able to be informed about the antifascist struggle for freedom of Šibenik and Dalmatia”, said Zoran Restović.


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